Two Short Pieces by Pete Segall

Operation Urgent Fury

Whenever my husband insists on consulting a map before we leave, I remind him that the bulk of the civilian casualties of the American invasion of Grenada were suffered when the Marines shelled a large building that did not appear on any of their maps. It was an insane asylum.



Slight Variations

They met in the support group for parents of children with special needs. In order to feel like the affair wasn’t forged out of shared hardship, they spoke of their children as the people they had once hoped they would become. They often ended up describing themselves as children, with slight variations.



Pete Segall’s work has appeared in Necessary Fiction, decomP, Fanzine, and elsewhere. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the writer Kim Brooks, and their children.